Have you recently had some work performed in your backyard and you are hoping to do some entertaining this summer and fall to show it off to your friends and family? If so, you need to make sure that you have sufficient outdoor landscape lighting. Otherwise, it will be hard for all of your hard work to be seen. However, it is important that landscape lighting is placed strategically in order to brighten the outdoor space and highlight essential features while not overwhelming it. Here are a few ideas to get you started with your landscape lighting project.
If you have walking paths in your landscape, they may be hard to see at night. When you have guests over, you don’t want them to trip and injure themselves due to not being able to see where they were going. To remedy this situation, line your walking paths leading to your front door, outdoor areas, etc. with various types of light fixtures. These can be large lamp posts, mason jar lights, paper bag lanterns, Tiki torches, or small LED lights that are installed directly into the steps (if you have them).
Your pergola is already probably a focal point in your backyard space, but you can make it more of one—with a little bit of a romantic ambiance—by adding string lights to it. Since you likely have greenery around your pergola, you will want to try to avoid incandescent lights since they can harm your greenery. Instead, opt for indoor/outdoor LED lights, as they’re not harmful to your plants—and they can remain outdoors year-round for a beautiful look in the winter. For a more elegant look, you can hang a large pendant from the center of your pergola; this can be done in conjunction with the string lights or on its own.
Every backyard space requires a seating area. In most cases, this seating area will be located under some type of awning to protect you and your guests from the elements. Outdoor pendant lights are not only easy to install, but they allow you to show your individual style and personality. While the best place to use pendant lights is above eating and seating areas on porches, patios and decks, you can also use pendant lights in gazebos and cabanas to create that intimate ambiance. Where you place them, though, make sure that there is adequate clearance from the bottom of the light—you wouldn’t want anyone accidentally banging their heads!
For more landscape lighting ideas and/or to schedule a home consultation, contact the experts at A&B Electrical Contractors.